Antigone Essay

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[Type the company name] | Pranvika Bedi | English Semester 1 | | [Type the author name] | Roll No. 214020 | Rebel-Resilient-Recusant “Antigone” Prologue Men and women are two wings of a bird which only in unison can take a lofty flight. One of these wings that represent women is wounded and weak. The axiomatic bias against the metaphorical wing, personifying women is engraved in the annals of history. The malaise of the patriarchal system has become a truism: a notion: a paradigm that pervades every nook and cranny of this gargantuan universe. The spectre of misogyny rears its head time and again, averring the preponderance of the male gender thereby relegating women to the periphery. The societal roles are ascribed in a manner that aggravates gender inequality. Introduction The prologue has set the tenor of my essay. “Antigone” by Sophocles is set in the fall where gender inequality was at its zenith. The concept of feminism was not extant in the antiquated city of Thebes, a city in Greece.In this milieu, a woman named “Antigone” emblazoned the fire of rebellion and defiance, heralding a revolutionary vision: the vision of justice and equality.She set out to defy the high and mighty and decided to fight the zealous male dominated society. The Greek tragedy Antigone by Sophocles is one of the first dramatic plays that demonstrated the multifarious roles women play in society. The two sisters Ismene and Antigone portray major female characteristics. While Antigone displays steadfastness, rationality and maturity as a woman, Ismene portrays the typical meek and mild role. The character of Creon, the mighty King of Thebes, emblematized the sexist male viewpoint of the ancient Greek world. Man vs. Woman Creon, Antigone's uncle and king of Thebes holds unfettered control over the laws of the state, and consequently, the lives of the people

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